Medics pull together for unique training
MIESAU, Germany – Under a moonlit sky, emergency medical helicopters from Company C, 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment touch down at Miesau Army Depot and discharge moulage-covered role players onto the landing zone.
Medical Soldiers from the 212th Combat Support Hospital and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center rush out with litters to take the simulated patients into the waiting military ambulances.
The scene appears pretty gory, as makeup artists had done their job to make the recent training exercise feel authentic.
“Moulage helps make it more real,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tanyanika Jones, a 212th CSH noncommissioned officer who oversaw the Soldiers from 30th Medical Command and other local units who volunteered for mock injuries made of latex and rubber covered in simulated blood.
“It adds to the shock and awe. When medics run up to the patient, they see the blood and guts hanging out,” Jones said. “If you’ve seen someone with moulage, it does mentally prepare you for what you would see on the battlefield.”
During the March 15 mass casualty drill, Company C’s UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, known as “Dustoff,” airlifted 30 simulated casualties from Landstuhl to Miesau. Soldiers from the Baumholder-based 421st Multifunctional Medical Battalion used field litter ambulances to transport them to the CSH where medical professionals assessed injuries and provided appropriate care.
The 10-day training, designed to test 24-hour operations of the CSH’s portable field hospital, was slated for Hohenfels. But with current fiscal considerations, the command decided to hold the exercise at Miesau, a U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern installation.
“We saved maybe a hundred thousand dollars,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Linck, the 212th CSH’s assistant chief nurse. “We spent a very small amount on the professional make-up artists and the value that added was incredible.”